According to the Sun, Depp will receive $30 million to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for the fourth sequel in the franchise.
When he shoots Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Johnny will become Hollywood’s highest-paid actor. It places Depp ahead of Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and Mel Gibson, who get around $26 million a movie.
This sequel will lose a couple of their main characters; both Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom have opted out of starring in the film. But Geoffrey Rush will return to play Captain Barbossa, and we also hear Penelope Cruz may be the female lead.
Also confirmed on the film is Rob Marshall, who confirmed recently that he’ll be directing. He recently said, “Ya know, it’s something that I was offered, and never in the world thought I would do but then I was like ‘why not?’… I’m doing ‘Pirates of the Caribbean….” According to the AICN report, Marshall also mentioned that he had met with Johnny Depp, and that they are both excited to work together.
A source says, “The movie will feature flashbacks to Jack’s early life.” Pirates 4 comes out in theaters Summer 2011.